Just Browsing: an ode to second-hand (Oct 2015)

Inspired by the Day: the lost art of Derrick Harris – (Nov 2015) &

Pointless Friends: shortlisted for the 2017 Observer/Anthony Burgess prize for Arts Journalism. An essay on the BBC show Pointless.

I Didn’t Actually Invent This Story. An essay on the short stories of Julian Maclaren-RossThresholds: home of the international short story forum

Love and Poison: ‘Allergy’ by Elspeth Davie – Thresholds.

A Memory Box: Man with a Seagull on his

A sad tale’s best for winter: a review of Northern Broadsides‘ production of The Winter’s Tale – Humanity Hallows (Oct 2015)


The Lull –  The Dinesh Allirajah Prize for Short Fiction 2018: Cafe Stories

A Short History of TediumThe Shadow Booth Vol. 1

The SackIrish Post (August 2016) – Joint Runner-up 2016 Irish Post Writing Competition

Through the FlowersPopshot Illustrated Magazine of New Writing 14

The MouseStructo 15

NurseCrimewave 13

Langwell SorrowBlack Static 60

McMara’s RockBlack Static 55

MittensBlack Static 53

Listen, ListenBlack Static 51

The ToiletBlack Static 49

Hollywood Issue 2

The VisitorsBlack Static 45

The Bury Line – Black Static 42.

World of Trevor – Black Static 40


Reviews for World of Trevor. (Reviews for my other work can be found on the News/Blog pages.)


You can buy Black Static number 40 from the good folk at TTA Press here.

Item image: World of Trevor

They’re talking  about “Trevor” –

“Stephen Hargadon’s ‘World of Trevor‘ steps out of the realm of the fantastical and into the everyday with its story of a local pub-dwelling oddball … Utilising the horror trope of disturbing, ghostly sounds embedded on tape, ‘World of Trevor’ builds at a steadily discomforting pace to a well-delivered punch at the end – Gareth Jones at

World of Trevor” … Our narrator is a barfly talking about another barfly, a man named John Gray who talks to an invisible companion named Trevor. John sells our narrator a cassette tape he says has Beatles music on it. What’s really on it has a profound effect on our narrator, but the story has one more good twist to it at the end  – Sam Tomaino at

Stephen Hargadon’s “World of Trevor” hit a curious chime, following a protagonist in a circle of habitual drinkers. The oddity of the “regulars” is seen through the eyes of one of their own. The casual crazy is a little less amusing when it starts to suck you in, all to the dulcet tones of Ringo Starr. It hits you, if not where you live, then certainly at the pub round the corner – Matthew Dent at

Just occasionally, you read a story and you suddenly say ‘yes’ quietly, later you say YES a little louder, but, at the end, you utter a big loud YES … It simply arrays before you a way of life that you recognise, may even have once shared, and the whole thing rolls along … Perfect, as I say. No giveaway spoilers here. The whole thing is a brilliant life spoiler … or even life healer – DF Lewis at

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